Sindh Community Mobilization Program (September 2013 – September 2018)

The Sindh Community Mobilization Program (CMP) is a five-year program that commenced in August 2013, and forms a cornerstone of Sindh Basic Education Plan (SBEP). CMP has four key objectives: 1) Increase communities’ involvement in the GoS reform of merging, consolidating, and upgrading schools; 2) Improve community and district administrations coordination for increased girls’ enrollment; 3) Improve child nutrition in selected communities and government schools through research that informs innovation and good practice; and, 4) Pilot component: Launch of the Education Management Organization (EMO) system.

In addition, CMP has three cross-cutting themes (CCTs) that will significantly add value to these objectives: 1) Gender: Mainstreaming of program activities; 2) Water and sanitation (WATSAN): Improved facilities, knowledge and practice; and, 3) Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR): Improved awareness, knowledge, preparation, and practice. IRC is implementing CMP in Khairpur, Dadu, Qamber-Shehdadkot and Karachi.

The program tracks and supports the construction, merging, consolidation, and upgrading of SBEP schools. CMP also works with neighboring schools that fall within designated areas around new schools being built under SBEP and that accord with the specific criteria set by USAID for CMP activities. CMP inclusive community activities are designed to make these educational improvements sustainable by increasing community support for their local schools and advocacy for better educational provision generally.

Key Outcomes :

1. Three sub-committees in each of the nine CMP –IRC schools Karachi have been formed.

2. On rolling basis, sessions are organized & conducted by trained community members on nutrition, hygiene & environment for parents & other relevant stakeholders.

3. Celebration of International Day of Girls; Celebration Community Recognition Days (Universal Children Day); Celebration of International Literacy Day.

4. 393 CMP focused schools were engaged in school cleaning activities and in 333 schools, health-screening kits were provided with basic training on health and nutrition, in technical support from Aga Khan University Human Development Program.

5. Training of School Health and Nutrition Clubs (SHNCs) on Nutrition, Anthropometry, Health Hygiene